From Darwin to Big Data with Richard Dawkins
On Start the Week Andrew Marr asks whether scientists have failed in their task to communicate their work to the wider public. The 'passionate rationalist' Richard Dawkins has spent his career trying to illuminate the wonders of nature and challenge what he calls faulty logic. But he wonders whether Darwin would consider his legacy now with 'a mixture of exhilaration and exasperation'. The child psychologist Deborah Kelemen has been working with young children to find out what they make of adaptation and evolution with the storybook, How the Piloses Evolved Skinny Noses, and is encouraged by the sophistication of their understanding. The mathematician Cathy O'Neil says it's time people became more aware of the mathematical models and algorithms that dominate everything we do online and in finance, and yet are increasingly opaque, unregulated and left unchallenged. While Alex Bellos looks to improve numeracy with puzzles and brainteasers which have been entertaining and frustrating people for centuries.
Producer: Katy Hickman.
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy out in paperback on 6th July.
Can You Solve My Problems?: A Casebook of Ingenious, Perplexing and Totally Satisfying Puzzles published in paperback 6th July.
Richard Dawkins was the first Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is a fellow of New College, Oxford.
His latest anthology, Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist was published on 7th June 2017.
Professor Deborah Kelemen is a cognitive developmental psychologist and the director of the Child Cognition Laboratory at Boston University and the Developmental Science Program Director.
How the Piloses Evolved Skinny Noses was published on 1st June 2017.
|Interviewed Guest||Richard Dawkins|
|Interviewed Guest||Deborah Kelemen|
|Interviewed Guest||Cathy O'Neil|
|Interviewed Guest||Alex Bellos|